March 1st, 2010
05:26 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama likely to announce new health care strategy Wednesday

The president is likely to announce a new strategy for passing health care reform legislation on Wednesday, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.
The president is likely to announce a new strategy for passing health care reform legislation on Wednesday, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is likely to lay out a political road map Wednesday for passage of sweeping health care legislation, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday.

Gibbs said the president will talk about "the way forward" to pass a bill. Among other things, Obama is expected to advocate for an "up or down vote" in Congress if necessary, Gibbs added.

Multiple Democratic sources have told CNN that the emerging consensus plan is for the House of Representatives to pass the Senate bill and send it to Obama. A package of changes that mirror the president's plan would then be passed through both chambers under reconciliation rules, which require only 51 votes in the Senate.

Democrats lost their 60-vote, filibuster-proof Senate majority in January, when GOP Sen. Scott Brown won the Massachusetts Senate seat previously held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, a Democrat.

Observers note, however, that it remains unclear exactly which health care provisions can be approved under reconciliation, which is reserved for legislation pertaining to the budget. Republicans have angrily criticized the Democrats' potential use of reconciliation, arguing that the maneuver was never intended to be used for major policy overhauls along the lines of the health care bill.

Obama's mid-week remarks will also deal with the "substance" of health care reform, Gibbs added. White House aides say the president's speech will largely mirror the nearly $1 trillion compromise package Obama laid out one week ago. It may, however, be scaled back in some aspects, they added.

soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. chris l

    Is this like his thousandth new strategy? OBOZO is nothing more than a snakeoil salesman. Lets be honest, so far OBOZO has not been able to sell this disastorous plan. Its been over a year now. When he says "new strategy", he really means a new way to try to pull the wool over peoples eyes. It really is amazing how disgusting Liberals really are. Cant wait until they r all thrown out in November.

    March 1, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  2. MJ

    This massive spending spree has to end. We are heading to a complete Socialistic Society. Government can not keep spending money that just isn't there. I only hope we can stop this before it is too late. Wake up people. This is not the right answer!

    March 1, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  3. Thank you Massachusetts

    It seems that this president could care less what the majority of constituents want. He is going to proceed with his Socialist agenda even if it means he takes the ship full of Democrats down with him – and that is EXACTLY what will happen if they ram the "health care reform" bill through.

    March 1, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. Tampa Guy

    I want the same health care that all the guys sitting around the summit table have. No limitations, paid in full, and never goes out of date. Vote them all (Dems and Repubs) out, set term limits and this power base will not happen. Our desires would actually mean something. They are so rich that they thumb their middle fingers at the public and we sit here and take the abuse. I am so frustrated with this group of kindergarten acting adults.

    March 1, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  5. jim ross

    This is pure political power brolers at work. The people will vote the brokers out of office in Nov. Obama doesn't care about spending our tax dollars and beyond with deficit spending. America deserves a full vote after speaking out with our votes. Inefficiency of Fed Govmt management of critical programs will cause more problems for America.I do not support the reconciliation process for major legislation. Obama is a big govmt bigot who will be voted out by the people in 2012. Peace.

    March 1, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  6. Whooaahh

    We need to stop waging wars on behalf of Israel; if they want to go to war with Iran, then they can do it themselves, if they want to go to war with Iraq, then they can do it themselves. Why shed our innocent blood in the first place? What has it gotten us? Trilllions of Dollars in debt, and not much else.

    March 1, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. GOP

    Well as usual the dems are smoking,spinning,lying,blaming,and doing NOTHING.Well dudes,you claim to be able to jump high buildings,but you just are flat footed now and NOTHING.What is it guys,can you jump high buildings or NOT.I think NOT.It is over guys,you are done,1 and the door.

    March 1, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  8. valwayne

    Warren Buffet, a clear Obama supporter, is advising the President to dumpt the corrupt monstrosity that threatens to destroy our nations economy, and start over working with the Republicans to focus on smaller real health reform that focuses on the cost. Please listen Mr. President, don't destroy our nations health care and our economy with this corrupt mess?

    March 1, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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